The Board of Directors ensures that the public and charitable role of the Regiment will be carried out in a way that is effective in furthering the mission of the organization. Since the Regiment is a non-profit, charitable corporation, the members of the Board of Directors are responsible for guiding the Regiment to its charitable goals. It is the Board’s job to see that the Regiment is faithfully carrying out its purpose without extravagance or waste.
The Board is responsible for making sure that the Regiment is financially accountable; that it is not allowing charitable assets to be used inappropriately or diverted to private interests; that the organization has mechanisms in place to keep it fiscally sound, and that it is properly using any restricted funds the Regiment may have.
The primary charter of the Regimental Board of Directors shall be to:
- Promote the visibility and growth of the Regiment as a non-profit historically focused
- Provide guidance and direction to the Regiment in continually improving its portrayal of a British military unit in North America during the early years of the American Revolution.
- Advise the Regiment in how to enhance the reenacting experience of its members and assist in maximizing the Regiment’s visibility with the public, thereby improving its ability to recruit new members.
The Board of Directors shall consist of three permanent members: the President of the Corporation (the Commanding Officer, holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel); the Clerk/Secretary (the Adjutant); the Treasurer (the Paymaster).
In addition, one “At Large” director from the Regiment’s membership and three other directors who are not members of the Regiment shall be elected to the board annually.
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MEMBERS of the BOARD
Chair of the Board: Don N. Hagist, an engineering consultant in Rhode Island, was elected Chair of the Board in 2015. His historical studies focus on the British forces that garrisoned Rhode Island from December 1776 through October 1779, and the demographics, operations and material culture of the British army during this period. This research is done using exclusively primary sources, starting with regimental muster rolls and building upon that information with pension records, orderly books, War Office correspondence, and a wide range of other archival materials, with the goal of presenting an accurate picture of individual common British soldiers who served in America. He is an editor for the JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, has published several books including British Soldiers, American War (Westholme Publishing, 2012) and numerous articles in publications including the Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research.
Carol S. Ward has 20 years of collaborative leadership in for profit and non-profit management, financial oversight, fundraising, strategic planning, Board relationships and grant-winning cultural program development.
Ms. Ward is an art historian with her BA from Mary Washington College, and two Masters Degrees, her first in Museum Education from the College of New Rochelle, and her second in Art History from Hunter College.
She has presented the keynote address at CLHO (Connecticut League of Historic Organizations) on connecting an historic site to the community, the annual NYCMER (New York City Museum Educators Roundtable) conferences on bringing contemporary art into an historic house museum, at Mary Washington College about the future of careers in art history and the museum field and the New-York Historical Society on Alexander Hamilton (the man and the musical).
Articles she has written have been published in The Magazine Antiques, The Historic House Trust journal, the American Alliance of Museums Magazine, Antiques Weekly and catalogs for the Bruce Museum, Morris-Jumel Mansion and Keno Auctions.
Her book "Visions of America: The Morris-Jumel Mansion" was published in 2015 and she has recently appeared in the documentary on the making of the hit musical "Hamilton."
President of the Corporation: Lt. Colonel Robert Falotico, Officer Commanding, joined the 10th Regiment of Foot in 2000. Initially he was sworn to service as a drummer, but soon moved on to be a private soldier in the Light Infantry Company. He received his Officer’s Commission as a Lieutenant at Yorktown Battlefield in 2006. He eventually became Captain of the Light Infantry Company and served in that position until January 2015 when he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and Officer Commanding of the 10th Regiment. He is passionate about continuing the great traditions of the 10th Regiment in the areas of historical accuracy and educating the public about the American Revolution from the British perspective, and looks forward to the new 10th Board of Directors being integral to expanding and continually improving the charter of the 10th Regiment as a leader in the reenacting community.
Outside reenacting Bob is Vice President, Industrial Market Sector for an Environmental Consulting Firm that provides technical services to industrial manufacturers with environmental liability issues. He resides in Wrentham, Mass. with his wife Lisa. They have two daughters, one who lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and works in Boston, and another who lives and works in Washington, DC.
Clerk/Secretary: Major & Captain Michael V. Graves, Adjutant, was sworn to service in the 10th Regiment on Patriot's Day 2006 as a private in the Battalion Company. Over the years he has held many positions in the regiment including Serjeant of the Light Infantry Company and Captain of the Grenadier Company. He currently serves as Adjutant for the regiment and manages the Regimental web site and, as of August 2021, Major Graves resumed his postion as Captain of the Grenadier Company.
Michael graduated from the Univerity of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1986 with a Bachelors of Science degree (Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Biological Sciences and then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Genetics from Oregon State University in 1992. He currently lives in Chelmsford Mass with his wife Valerie, who is a member of the 10th's Corps of Civillian Volunteers.
Treasurer: Captain Leonard Torto was elected by the Board as the Regiment’s Corporate Treasurer (known historically as the Paymaster) on 22 February 2022. Running the business side of the Regiment, Leonard’s duties include maintaining the Regiment’s finances and bank accounts, insurance coverage and filing of state and federal informational returns.
Lenny Torto first saw HM 10th Regiment of Foot while the battalion was re-enacting British military govenor General Thomas Gage's attempt to collect colonial stores in Salem, Massachusetts. It was love at first sight. Joining in 1975, Lenny rose thru the ranks but in 1991 found himself retiring his commssion with the rank of Lieutenant, Light Infantry. Jump 26 years later and after retiring from a successful career in the airfeight industry, he and his wife Shirley, while watching the regiment at Old Sturbrige Village, was bitten again by the bug. He rejoined the Regiment first as it's Surgeon, then as a member of our Quartermaster Corps. His goals include making sure the Regiment runs as a fiscally sound non-profit and insuring that it looks like it would have during the years 1774-1776 in Boston.
Lenny and Shirley Torto live in Londonderry, New Hampshire. They have two wonderful daughters... Marie, with her husband, Sean, also of Londonderry and Melissa of Revere, Massachusetts Lenny, when not engaged in Regimental business, enjoys recreating 18th Century Georgian interior architecture, painting, cooking but most especially playing with his two beautiful grandchildren, Lena and Noah.
At Large Member: Capt. Shaun Timberlake joined the Regiment initially in 1995 staying until 2000. Shaun rejoined the group in 2009 and took on the Paymaster’s position in 2010 serving in this role until February 2022. Shaun served as Captain of the Light Infantry Co'Y from From December 2014 unitl March of 2022, stepping down to the position of Lieutenant.
Shaun is a 1998 graduate of Bentley College (now University) in Waltham, MA, with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. While in the 21st century, Shaun is an insurance broker in Randolph, MA, and resides just south of Boston in the City of Quincy with his wife Kara. Aside from his historical interests, Shaun enjoys traveling and sightseeing, visiting family and making the most of his down time.
At Large Member: Colonel Paul O'Shaugnessy joined the Regiment as a Light Infantry Private soldier in 1972 while working as a summer tour guide on Lexington Green. He remained with the Light Infantry for 25 years before serving as Commanding Officer from 1997 to 2014, and now serves as Quartermaster of the Regiment. His basement serves as a Regimental storehouse and a workshop. He assists the New England Revolutionary War avocation as a regional coordinator for the British Brigade and the Boston Garrison, a webmaster for BATTLEROAD.ORG, and an organizer of several annual re-enactment events in New England. Paul is currently a Board member and past President of the LEXINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY and also a Board member of the FRIENDS of MINUTE MAN NATIONAL PARK. In his spare time, Paul serves as a Board member, actor, and Technical Director for The Footlight Club in Jamaica Plain, MA.
An Electrical Engineering graduate of Cornell University, Paul works as Director for a biotech manufacturer based in Woburn, MA. He lives happily with his wife Diane (who works as a Tour Guide for the Historical Society) and their several cats in their cool 1950’s cape home in Lexington, Massachusetts.